Date:Sunday August 3 2008
Last season's League One golden boot winner Jason Scotland is ready to fight for his place in Roberto Martinez's starting 11.
Talking about his time as a footballer in his native Trinidad And Tobago the striker has even gone through the rigors of serving his country in the island's Defense Force the equivalency of the British army. The Morvant born player had to undertake military service in order to play the game he loves, but it is that test that has made the striker appreciate the little things in life.
Scotland's pre season has been hampered by a muscle strain that saw him travel to Germany to undergo a operation. Whilst he did not feature in any of the games in the clubs pre season tour of Spain he did travel with the squad. In yesterday's 0-0 draw against Premiership new boys West Brom the 29 year old got a rapturous applause from the Swansea City faithful after coming on as a substitute late on in the second half. It is that patience and commitment to the cause that even saw him dig deep and play through the pain of an injury.
Scotland Told The WM:
|"I was playing for the army team back in Trini, Defence Force. You had to be a soldier to play for the club so I went through six months` training to become one. And it was difficult. You were a soldier first and a football player second, so you would do things like weapon duty overnight then have two or three hours sleep before you were on the training ground playing football. I remember what all that stuff was like so it makes me appreciate what I've got even more now.|
It was hard, but you did what you had to do. I didn't come from a well-off background, everybody struggled and did their best for their family. That makes a lot of players from Trinidad & Tobago appreciate what they've got. I actually picked the injury up at Christmas, but I took painkillers and played on. There wasn't any pressure to do that because the gaffer and the physio both knew about it, but I wanted to because I'd got 15 or 20 by then and had to carry on. Still, I couldn't shoot properly with my right foot and that's why I probably scored more with my left last year. Hopefully I will be back to normal because there's huge competition. I had the fans singing my name last year and I want to hear them singing again all this season."
Date:Sunday August 3 2008
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